How To Draw Zebra Print

How To Draw Zebra Print

Craving more sassy vibrancy in your designs? Think wild, fun, and feisty – like a zebra! Drawing zebra stripes can be a daunting task, but with a few helpful hints, you’ll be an absolute expert in no time.

Prepare You Materials

First and foremost, you’ll need the correct materials. Gather up a pen, pencil, marker, or paint brush and a complementary set of colors like black and white for the first spectrum of stripes. Keep in mind the end goal of your piece, and choose wisely.

Set the scene

Create a space to work in! An uncluttered desk or table will allow for maximum concentration, as well as make it much easier for you to spread out your materials and really lose yourself in your masterpieces.

Start it off

Now comes the fun part! Begin with a few preliminary scribbles on your paper that will form the inception of your zebra stripes. Draw thick horizontal lines up and down your paper. Make sure they are reasonably close together so the stripes appear to be smooth and uninterrupted.

Layer it On

No zebra print is complete without a variety of stripes! Start by coloring some of the lines with a black pen or marker. Vary the width of the lines, and add as many as you’d like!

Tie it All Up

With the basics of your zebra stripes sketched, it’s time to get the little details perfect. Use your lighter color pencil or pen to perfectly fill in any spaces between the thick stripes. Do not be discouraged if the resulting design doesn’t look completely symmetrical — something a bit “wilder” is part of the appealing nature of the print.

Make it Pop

Adding final touches to your drawing is key! Expand your colors beyond black and white — adding pinks, oranges and even yellows can be fun for a truly wild take on the usual zebra print. Sometimes all you really need are a few subtle added colors in unexpected places to really tie it all together.

Go Out of the Box

Be creative with your zebra stripes! Get daring with the colors you use or experiment with adding an unexpected element – like polka dots or curved lines. There is no “right” way to approach the design. So get wild and take your stripes in the direction YOU want to.

Bring it Full Circle

Start with a sketch, add colorsm make it pop, and bring your creative idea to life! To create the perfect zebra stripes, keep the colors modest, the stripes simple, and the ideas innovative. With just a few steps and a bit of imagination, you’ll have mastered the art of the zebra!

Julia is an artist and musician, who grew up in a small town in Ohio, where she played in local bands and painted murals in free time. She moved to NY City to study art at the prestigious Pratt Institute, and then relocated to LA to pursue a music career. Julia loves sharing the knowledge she gathered during the years with others.

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